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Film Review: ‘Sabali’

27 October 2015 12:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Expertly laced with visual humor, “Sabali” is a gorgeously stylized, wryly comic drama about a train-ticket seller with heart and relationship problems. Canadian multihyphenate Ryan McKenna’s appealing sophomore feature establishes a languorous and surreal tone that might be described as a wondrous hybrid of the work of his compatriots Guy Maddin and Stephane Lafleur. (Given that McKenna is a former member of the Winnipeg Film Group, now based in Montreal, it makes perfect sense.) Niche arthouse distributors and fests in search of distinctive new talent should appreciate the film’s quirky vibe, which manages to include a cameo (and music) by the blind Malian musical duo Amadou & Mariam.

From the very first moments, helmer McKenna and producer/art director/costume designer Becca Blackwood establish a dreamy parallel world, featuring costumes in eye-popping primary colors, timeless-looking locations, and peculiar people and conversations that wouldn’t be out of place in Twin Peaks. »

- Alissa Simon

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Mars Et Avril Screens March 4th at Schlafly Bottleworks – “Strange Brew”

24 February 2015 7:13 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“One’s brain needs to dream in order to reboot.”

Mars Et Avril screens March 4th at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood

Danger Diabolik, Tarantula, The Thing With Two Heads – You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew cult film series. It’s always the first Wednesday evening of every month, and they always come up with some cult classic to show while enjoying some good food and great suds. The fun happens at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143).

This month (Wednesday March 4th) Strange Brew is offering up something I’ve never heard of….but it sure looks interesting! It’s the 2012 French-Canadian sci-fi mindbender Mars Et Avril

Plot synopsis for Mars Et Avril: As the first human prepares to touch down on Mars, a charismatic Montreal musician enters into a tempestuous love »

- Tom Stockman

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